A wind farm n Frodsham that could supply nearly a quarter of Runcorn’s energy needs has been given the go ahead – sparking fury among residents.
The Secretary Of State, Edward Davey, gave Peel Energy the green light for the 19 turbine wind farm on Frodsham Marshes last Friday.
According to the Department Of Energy And Climate Change (DECC), the 57 megawatt farm would generate enough power to supply the annual electricity needs of the people of Frodsham, Helsby and Elton combined, with enough power left over to supply part of Runcorn.
But residents claim the turbines will cast a ‘shadow as high as Frodsham hill’ over thousands of homes, destroy views, reduce house values and induce splitting migraines.
And MP for Weaver Vale Graham Evans has contacted Mr Davey himself, urging him to make a U-turn on his decision.
Mr Evans said he was concerned about the impact of the development on the green belt and the harm the turbines could cause to protected wildlife living in the Mersey Estuary.
He said: “I have written to the Rt Hon Edward Davey to express, in the strongest terms, my concerns regarding the approval for the wind farm.
“I have urged him to review the decision and take into account the impact on Frodsham and the surrounding area.
“The proposals would involve the construction of at least 19 125m-high wind turbines just 2km from 14,000 local homes.
“The site would be entirely within an important area of green belt – the only significant green area on the south bank of the Mersey Estuary and an important habitat for wildlife.
“The strength of local concern is enormous and I have already been deluged with correspondence by individuals who will be affected by this decision.”
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